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Massachusetts Works to Expand Charter Schools

On November 18 the Massachusetts State Senate passed a much-anticipated bill to expand charter schools. The bill, S. 2216, sent to the House in the late hours of November 17, lifted the many caps hindering charter school expansion in the Bay State. Essentially, Massachusetts has two types of charter schools: …

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Who’s Afraid of Charter Schools?

On November 12, parents of children at Gratts Elementary in Los Angeles received a flier, in Spanish, warning that if they signed a petition to convert their neighborhood school into a charter school they would be deported. This threat, though bogus, teaches parents and policy makers a lesson about the …

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Chalk Another One Up for Charter Schools

Traditional public schools also respond positively to competition from charter schools according to a new Manhattan Institute report. Overall, “for every 1 percent of public school students who leave for a charter, reading proficiency among those who remain increases by about 0.02 standard deviations. Math performance is unaffected. However, the …

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Louisiana Lifts Limit on Charter Schools

Just in time to be considered for federal Race to the Top funds, Louisiana legislators removed the state’s cap on charter schools. State Rep. Walt Leger III (D-New Orleans) introduced the bill and added an amendment to remove the charter cap, previously set at 70 schools statewide. “We applaud the …

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Lessons from California’s Charter Schools of the Year

The Oakland Charter Academy in northern California and the Our Community Charter School in the San Fernando Valley have won the Hart Vision “Charter School of the Year” award from the California Charter Schools Association. “These exemplary charter schools should be studied and their best practices replicated in the broader …

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Oakland Charter Schools “Do What Works,” and Outperform Their Peers

Charter School Business – Providence Financial, Inc., March 1, 2009 President Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan have stated their support for strong, successful charter schools in the United States. In fact, the new motto for the U.S. Department of Education is “Do what works.” The president and his …

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California Courts Rule for Charter Schools Again

A Los Angeles charter middle school is moving into new digs thanks to a court ruling on equal treatment that has national implications. One of the largest obstacles charters nationwide face is finding adequate facilities. Across the United States, only 26 of the 41 states with charter laws include procedures …

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Report: Charter Schools in Los Angeles Unified Outperforming Traditional Public Schools

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Charter schools in Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) are outperforming traditional public schools on a variety of student achievement measures, according to a revealing analysis released today by the California Charter Schools Association. Entitled, “Charter School Performance in Los Angeles Unified School District: A District and Neighborhood …

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Incentive Programs Improve Student Achievement in Charter Schools

Sacramento Union, June 5, 2008 SACRAMENTO – Rewards and incentives, widely used in charter schools, play a key role in reading achievement, according to Paying for A’s, a new report from the Center for Education Research Outcomes at Stanford University. “Incentive programs may not be a silver bullet, but they …

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New Speaker Must Support Charter School Success

Sacramento Union, March 14, 2008 The California Charter Schools Association held its 15th Annual Meeting in Sacramento in early March. More than 2,000 charter teachers, principals and leaders from across California and the country attended. The conference came on the heels of the election of Assemblywoman Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles, …

Charter Schools

Massachusetts Works to Expand Charter Schools

On November 18 the Massachusetts State Senate passed a much-anticipated bill to expand charter schools. The bill, S. 2216, sent to the House in the late hours of November 17, lifted the many caps hindering charter school expansion in the Bay State. Essentially, Massachusetts has two types of charter schools: …

Charter Schools

Who’s Afraid of Charter Schools?

On November 12, parents of children at Gratts Elementary in Los Angeles received a flier, in Spanish, warning that if they signed a petition to convert their neighborhood school into a charter school they would be deported. This threat, though bogus, teaches parents and policy makers a lesson about the …

Charter Schools

Chalk Another One Up for Charter Schools

Traditional public schools also respond positively to competition from charter schools according to a new Manhattan Institute report. Overall, “for every 1 percent of public school students who leave for a charter, reading proficiency among those who remain increases by about 0.02 standard deviations. Math performance is unaffected. However, the …

Charter Schools

Louisiana Lifts Limit on Charter Schools

Just in time to be considered for federal Race to the Top funds, Louisiana legislators removed the state’s cap on charter schools. State Rep. Walt Leger III (D-New Orleans) introduced the bill and added an amendment to remove the charter cap, previously set at 70 schools statewide. “We applaud the …

Charter Schools

Lessons from California’s Charter Schools of the Year

The Oakland Charter Academy in northern California and the Our Community Charter School in the San Fernando Valley have won the Hart Vision “Charter School of the Year” award from the California Charter Schools Association. “These exemplary charter schools should be studied and their best practices replicated in the broader …

Charter Schools

Oakland Charter Schools “Do What Works,” and Outperform Their Peers

Charter School Business – Providence Financial, Inc., March 1, 2009 President Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan have stated their support for strong, successful charter schools in the United States. In fact, the new motto for the U.S. Department of Education is “Do what works.” The president and his …

Charter Schools

California Courts Rule for Charter Schools Again

A Los Angeles charter middle school is moving into new digs thanks to a court ruling on equal treatment that has national implications. One of the largest obstacles charters nationwide face is finding adequate facilities. Across the United States, only 26 of the 41 states with charter laws include procedures …

Charter Schools

Report: Charter Schools in Los Angeles Unified Outperforming Traditional Public Schools

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Charter schools in Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) are outperforming traditional public schools on a variety of student achievement measures, according to a revealing analysis released today by the California Charter Schools Association. Entitled, “Charter School Performance in Los Angeles Unified School District: A District and Neighborhood …

Charter Schools

Incentive Programs Improve Student Achievement in Charter Schools

Sacramento Union, June 5, 2008 SACRAMENTO – Rewards and incentives, widely used in charter schools, play a key role in reading achievement, according to Paying for A’s, a new report from the Center for Education Research Outcomes at Stanford University. “Incentive programs may not be a silver bullet, but they …

Charter Schools

New Speaker Must Support Charter School Success

Sacramento Union, March 14, 2008 The California Charter Schools Association held its 15th Annual Meeting in Sacramento in early March. More than 2,000 charter teachers, principals and leaders from across California and the country attended. The conference came on the heels of the election of Assemblywoman Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles, …

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